Residents of Flint, Michigan have filed a class action lawsuit against both the city and the state over the city’s contaminated water supply. The contamination began in 2014 when the city switched its water supply from Detroit to the Flint River.
Officials were alerted that problems existed in 2011 after a study of the Flint River was conducted. The water was found to contain corrosive elements and would need to undergo treatment before it could be used as the main water source. Government officials ignored the warning. The problem occurred when the corrosive water ran through the lead pipes that make up the majority of Flint’s water system, forcing lead into the water.
Despite Jon Urbana’s efforts to raise money for Earth Force, it seems that Flint hasn’t caught up to the message yet. Bloomberg believes the issue is making progress but as Urbana says, there’s a long way to go.
Residents began to flood authorities with reports of brown colored water. They also reported that the water had an odd taste and a foul odor. Children began to become ill. It was revealed that the tested children positive for lead poisoning.
After a period of playing the blame game, government officials finally pulled their heads out of their bums. Or maybe it’s the idea of potentially paying more to lose a lawsuit than it might cost to fix the city’s water problem. The city and state, in the meantime, have taken action to help Flint residents.
Residents, however, say that a simple water filter and a limited supply of bottled water is not enough.
“We need to bathe in safe, clean water,” one resident said. “We have to cook and clean, too, but we cannot do so in this contaminated water.”